Monday, October 8, 2012

Weekend Happenings at the Doyles

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I am happy to report that the Doyles had a wonderful weekend filled with new restaurants, football, dinner with friends, the parade of homes and some yummy pumpkin treats.

Friday night was date night. We tried out a new restaurant that just opened call BurgerFi. If you have one near you, I recommend trying it out. They have really good burgers, fries, onion rings and custard. Isn't it fun to splurge every once in a while with a good burger?! Unfortunately I was too busy eating and forgot to take a photo, but you can check out their website here.

Saturday night we went to our friends' house for dinner. I made pumpkin whoopie pies to take over using the recipe I found on Annie's Eats blog. These are delicious, although mine did not turn out as perfectly round and wonderful looking as hers. Mine were more abstract. :) I think this might be because she used a pastry bag and piped out her cookies onto the cookie sheet and I used a spoon to drop scoops onto the cookie sheet. That definitely makes a difference in the shape, but they were tasty none the less. 

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
For the pumpkin cookies:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup canola oil
3 cups chilled pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the maple cream cheese filling:
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, cold
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract

To make the pumpkin cookies, preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and spices.  Set aside.  In a separate bowl, whisk sugars and oil together.  Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly.  Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.  Sprinkle the flour mixture over the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined.

Transfer the cookie batter to a pastry bag fitted with a large plain round tip.  Pipe small rounds of the batter onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1½-2 inches in diameter.  (If your dough seems to thick to pipe, you can drop scoops of it onto the baking sheet.)**For nice round cookies, it really is a good idea to use a pastry bag if you have one. I did not and the result is more abstract, less uniform cookies. If you don't have a pastry bag, try using a plastic bag and cut one of the bottom corners off. Looking back, I should have used this trick.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the pan for about 10 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Repeat with remaining batter.

To make the filling, combine the butter and cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Beat on medium-heat speed until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.  Add the powdered sugar, maple syrup and vanilla and beat until smooth.  Be careful not to over beat the filling or it will lose structure.  Transfer the filling to a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip. 

To assemble, pair the cookies up by size.  Pipe filling onto the flat side of one cookie of each pair, and sandwich together with the remaining cookie.  ** I used a plastic bag and cut one corner off the bottom and used this to pipe the icing onto the cookies. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm before serving.

Recipe from Annie's-Eats.

On Sunday we went to the annual parade of homes. This happens is a way for the local builders to showcase their work and homes that are for sale. I look forward to going in all the beautiful houses to get decorating inspiration or make mental notes of things I like architecturally in case we ever build a home down the road.


Aren't they beautiful? Big, maybe even too big. But isn't it so much fun walking through mansions?! At least I think so. :)

It was kinda rainy and cold on Sunday so after hitting the parade of homes, we headed back to our humble abode and to relax and watch some football.

Speaking of football, I have to put in a plug to my NC State Wolfpack who beat #3 FSU on Saturday night!!!! It was such a great game! GO PACK! :) Duke also won their game on Saturday vs. UVA, so hubby and I were both happy campers!

Anyway, that's out weekend at a glance folks. Hope everyone had a great one! Let me know what you got into this weekend!

The Doyles 

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